Sierra Leone suffers from regular outbreaks of epidemics, and natural disasters such as the Ebola crisis and the recent Mudslide,which devastated the country. This strains a health system struggling to recover from the effects of over a decade of conflict.
Young people in Sierra Leone
More than half Sierra Leone’s population was displaced during the conflict, meaning hundreds of thousands of children missed out on a decent education. The secondary school dropout rate being overwhelmingly high while access to vocational training after school continues to be limited for most. As a result, more than 90 per cent of young people work in the informal sector with the majority still living in poverty despite having jobs.
More recently, the Ebola outbreak has had a ruinous effect on Sierra Leone’s economy, forcing businesses to close and devastating the agricultural sector. Many businesses now offer young employees fewer hours, further reducing household income.
Our work in Sierra Leone
Y Care International supports Sierra Leone YMCA to help the country’s most vulnerable young people to lift themselves out of poverty. Working in city slums and remote rural areas, we create opportunities through entrepreneurship and employment.
We help young people to become healthy and productive entrepreneurs or employees by providing access to clean water, and ensuring health information and services are youth friendly and accessible.